I love driving trips.
Actually, I love driving trips when I'm not the driver.
I love peering out the window and watching the world pass by in a flurry. Seeing how other people live, what their houses and yards are like, how their lounge rooms are set out (when driving at night and people don't shut their curtains - what can I say, I'm a voyeur!), what shops are in their town, who is walking the streets on dusk....that sort of thing.
The LOML and I do a lot of driving trips. A whole heap of little ones - one or two days here and there - and a few big ones to date. We are long overdue now for a big trip and it is on the cards for the near future.
We don't know where we'll go, which direction we'll head off in, or how far we'll travel but we do know that it's going to be great.
The car will be packed with good tunes, a picnic rug and a fold-up chair or two, an esky with some bubbles on chill, some comfy shoes and a hat (the LOML refuses to wear a hat so that one's mine).
If we see something we like along the way we'll pull over and explore a little more. A no-longer-in-use railway bridge, a BBQ by a stream, a bushwalking sign pointing thatta-way out of sight.....
And when we get where we were going, we'll have a look around, maybe stay a night or two, and then hop back in the car and head on home, taking a different route than the one that got us there.
We truly do live in an area with some spectacular scenery.